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Some Thoughts to Consider Before You Hire

At RHI Construction INC. we care about your roofing experience, whether you use us or not. The roofing process is not complex, however many homeowners are not informed about what should be happening atop their roof. No matter who is working on your roof we encourage you to reference this checklist so you can act as your own foreman, see what should be done, make sure that the job is finished in a timely manner and is up to the very highest standard.

Before You Hire: Run through this Check List and make sure all the answers make sense to you.

  • Does the company you are looking to hire have extensive industry experience?
  • Does the person that is doing your inspection work directly for the company or are they shopping your job to several different contractors?
  • Do they carry enough Insurance? (workers compensation, general liability, etc.)
  • What are their commercial automobile limits?
  • Were they on time to your appointment?
  • Ask to get addresses of active job sites. If the job is dirty there is a good chance there workmanship is inferior.
  • Do they have job-site supervisors?
  • Can they prove everything they are telling you?
  • Does their company subcontract work to third parties roofers?
  • Are the crew members drug tested and do they perform background checks on all employees?
  • Do they do their own hot mopping or is it subcontracted? This can cause a higher price and lack of job control and quality.
  • Will they offer to escort you to a job-site so you can witness their work before hiring them?
  • Do they offer referrals for you to contact?

 

Very important questions to ask when hiring a contractor:

Before Work Begins:

  • Ask for a certificate of insurance in your name before you sign the contract with your roofer. Current insurance can protect you in the event of a mishap on the job. Without proper workman’s compensation and general liability insurance, you as the homeowner may be liable for accidents and injuries on your property.

  • Check the contractor’s credentials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Unfortunately our industry has all too many unlicensed contractors and it could cost you! Always use a licensed contractor for your work – you can check their records at www.myfloridalicense.com

  • Check if the contractor has any ratings from unbiased service sites such as Angie's list and Home Advisor.  Check their ratings at  www.servicemagic.com www.angieslist.com

  • Make Sure you are Contracting with the Contractor who is applying for your permit. NEVER sign a blank permit application or notice of commencement – make sure all the relevant information is filled out. Otherwise, you could get stuck with the contractor’s unpaid bills and or Sub-Contractors. RHI Construction Inc. will never pull a line of credit against your home to purchase materials and all work is performed In-House with our Company Employees. 

During Work:

  • If you notice any unusual behavior or dangerous activity, contact your contractor immediately! You can save yourself the problems associated with job-site accidents.

  • Ask your contractor for a list of materials and make sure that they are the best materials available. For example with a tile roof, the layer immediately beneath the tile is the Tile Underlayment. There is the option of either a self adhering cap sheet or a cap sheet laid in hot asphalt. A self adhering cap sheet is less resilient, however, many contractors use this method to save money. Make sure you have the best materials on your roof!

  • Make sure your contractor orders material in a timely fashion, preferably immediately after you sign the contract. Material wait times can be long so make sure you are at the top of the list and not waiting between inspections.

  • Usually a contractor will ask for progress payments after each inspection. Before you hand over that check, ask to see the permit and make sure that the inspection was performed and passed. You will know if the work to that point was approved by the city.

  • Ensure that your contractor cleans up after every work day. Trash and debris can be a hazard to you, your children and your animals.

After Work:

  • Be sure that the city has finalized the roof for completion. This is the city stating that the contractor did the job in accordance with all city codes and inspection processes.
  • Request a receipt showing full payment of work performed on your house per contract terms.

If you have any other questions or need assistance in evaluating bids please contact us at 954-290-3992


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